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Schwarzman Makes $2.5 Million Gift to USATF Foundation in Support of Elite Track & Field Athletes

NEW YORK CITY – The USA Track & Field Foundation today announced that Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone, has made an unprecedented $2.5 million donation in support of elite athletes. The gift will provide financial support to the most promising track & field athletes as they train for the World Championships and Olympic Games.

“Steve’s generous gift will ensure that the very best American track & field athletes, regardless of circumstances, will have the time and resources necessary to train and compete in the most elite global competitions,” said USATF Foundation Chairman Bob Greifeld. “It’s a …


Oregon splits efforts to continue qualifying athletes into the NCAA Indoors

EUGENE, Ore. – Divide and conquer is the name of the game this weekend for the University of Oregon indoor track and field programs.

The Ducks will try to capitalize on their last two meets of the indoor season to qualify as many athletes as they can in a bid to defend both of their men’s and women’s national titles at next month’s NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in College Station, Texas.

This weekend, the UO distance runners and throwers head north to the Husky Classic in Seattle, while the sprints, jumps and hurdles crews travel …


Alexi Pappas: I'll see you at practice

EUGENE, Ore. – On the days when my team has no organized practice, the most challenging thing for me is deciding which moment to step out the door. If I haven’t scheduled a time to run with someone, I often find that I linger longer than I should.

I’ve always loved organized practice and strict “ready to go” times. One of the things I look forward to most each week is receiving my e-mail from Coach on Sunday night explaining our training plan for the days ahead. The e-mail doesn’t divulge the specific details of my workouts, but it does …


Fans Bid Farewell to Team Eaton at TrackTown Tuesday

EUGENE, Ore. – A capacity crowd of 300 fans gathered in the Downtown Athletic Club to bid a happy retirement to two of Eugene’s favorite Olympians, and look towards the future of two current University of Oregon standouts.

Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton headlined February’s TrackTown Tuesday event. The former Oregon Ducks talked about their Olympic experiences and were honored with videos of friends and fans from all around the world who shared pre-recorded video messages. The videos included anything from a favorite memory with the Eatons, to a simple “thank you.” 

Some of the most notable …